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African Voices Magazine

Carolyn A. Butts is the publisher/founder of African Voices (, a leading non-profit arts magazine devoted to publishing fine art and literature by artists of color. Founded in 1992, African Voices will celebrate its 27th Anniversary in 2019. She served as an assistant press secretary to former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall and a press aide to former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger. She was featured in Ms. Magazine’s October/November 2001 “Women to Watch” column for her outstanding achievements. Carolyn is the founder the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series (, an annual Brooklyn-based festival for women of color in the film industry. The festival was co-founded with Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus and is devoted to showcasing films directed, produced and written by women filmmakers.